Students learn about careers in computer science from Microsoft manager

high school distance learning room filled with approximately students listening to a computer science professional standing at the front

More than 60 Broadalbin-Perth High School students recently got an inside look at careers in computer science from a professional at Microsoft.

“We are committed to bringing in professionals from top careers,” high school counselor Jen Grimmick said. 

Microsoft Senior Program Manager Matthew Call visited BPHS on Friday, Dec. 14 to meet with students about the computer science field. Call talked about the importance of math, science and English courses if you want to be successful in coding. He discussed the day-to-day job duties of a program manager, and how it’s important for students to do what they love in careers. Call said he loves to solve problems and figure out why things aren’t working right. Call works with a team and collaborates constantly, suggesting how important project-based learning and public speaking are even in the technology field.

Call talked about the expected job growth for computer science-related jobs, and how there are currently not enough qualified candidates to fill them. He also discussed the difference between computer science careers and information systems careers, to help students identify better with what area fits what they want to do.

Technology education is an important part of curriculum and instruction at Broadalbin-Perth, supporting the district’s comprehensive plan and its goal to better support future-ready learning. 

At the high school, there are currently four computer science classes, including three classes just for teaching students how to code using a programming language. The courses include two sections of introduction to computer science, two sections of Java and a course on cyber security. B-P students can also earn college credits from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in an Advanced Placement computer science course.